Monday, May 3, 2010

Race day - part one [a letter]


Dear Whiskey Row Marathon / Thumb Butte Mountain,


I'm elated we had a chance to meet. Even though you make a horrible first impression.  Seriously? only 10 paved miles the whole race?  It's okay . . . . I forgive you. I forgive you for scaring the crap out of me Friday night when I drove all over you. I knew our "date" wasn't until Saturday but I was hoping an early introduction would help us get off on the right foot.

I was wrong.

I let you fool me into thinking I should be scared of you. Yes, I chuckled [mostly as a defense mechanism] when I saw you were going to try and get me to walk as early as mile 3. You know the road I'm talking about. The road that could only be described as the road to hell. You left little to the imagination. I knew what you were going to try to do with me & I was ready

Yes, you took my breath away [wish I could blame 100% of it on altitude]. Yes, more times than I'd like to [or will ever] admit.

I hated you at 6. Cursed you at 10. I can't even write what I said at mile 14.5. What I will tell you . . . you were MINE after 16. I owned you. I know, that was only for the remaining 10 miles, but I loved every minute of it.

At 18, I remember laughing [don't take it personally], you do deserve respect BUT it was my turn. It was my time. Your turn to respect me.

By 22, I think we found common ground. However, I did find it slightly humorous that you threw in that last awesome hill for good measure at 24.


                                                [mile 25]

No worries, I'm not holding a grudge.

Now, now, now . . .to the woman who was volunteering at the race packet pick up who told me: "You may have bitten off more than you can chew with this one honey." [BTW, I HATE, HATE, HATE being called "honey". Unless you are my grandma or aunt you are not authorized to call me honey].

What I'd like to say to you . . . . . Bite me.

WRM, I thank you. Thank you for helping me realize I AM STRONG [and maybe that I need to do more hill training]. It ALL has been noted.

Until April 30, 2011 -

Emz

*Your 5th place overall finishing female & very sore new friend.* : )

33 comments:

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

AWESOME JOB! You should be so proud for taking on that monster ... loved the RR!!

Evolving Through Running said...

Sounds like you had a GREAT race - Congratulations!! Disappointed that someone would say that to you at the packet pickup - that's not the time for anyone to be throwing out any negativity.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are so freaking amazing! Congrats on what sounds like a great race. And can I just say how I would kill for your abs? Holy heck!

Gina said...

congrats.

i'm now officially skeer'd for my race in feb.

Marlene said...

5th place!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go, lady! I must say, you are looking mighty strong at mile 25!

CONGRATS!!

That course had nothin' on you!

Pam said...

Congratulations!!!! I hope to someday have even a smidgen of your motivation and strength! (And abs.)

Claudia said...

AMAZING!!
You sure kick some a**!!
I can't believe that's a picture of you at Mile 25!! and look at those abs, OMG.
Just simply Amazing!!
Congratulations!!

Madison M. said...

Congratulations on such an amazing race!! :)

Carrie said...

That's AWESOME!!! I actually had tears in my eyes after reading this blog.

MCM Mama said...

Awesome!!! You totally rocked it! And OMG I hope I look as good as you do at 25 miles (not that I have abs like that LOL) I just want to be smiling at that point.

ShutUpandRun said...

Job well done in what seems to have been a VERY tough race!

Petraruns said...

THOSE ABS. How do you think I can comment on anything else? Shit woman.

Anyway. Amazing job. 5th overall? You are incredible. I will be privileged to inhale your dust next spring..

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love it!!! I never viewed a race quite like this, I have to give it a try.

Congrats!!!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Nice job!! I love the letter and congrats!

Kelly Leigh said...

holy shit. 5th overall?! And you are SMILING at mile 25??? I look about 5,000 times worse than that when I go for my silly little 4 mile jogs. I'm totally impressed. Thats all I have to say.

chris mcpeake said...

Way to kill it. Great run, awesome report.

The Eliason's said...

Still can't "run" to my mail box...don't know how you do it!! Great job!!!

Karine said...

As the photographer at mile 25, I must point out that the smile was genuine and she even blew us a kiss. What a relief to see that happiness. Many of the runners did not show that same cheerfulness or form as they came down the mountain.

Once again, "you're welcome for the abs gene". Great job, honey (oops, Emz).

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo! Wow...5th overall! You are amazing! Congrats on an awesome race. I loved your race report!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

What a great recap - love it. Those abs do more than look good. They helped you to conquer such a tough course. I'm fairly new to your blog. Have you written an ab instruction blog? Not that I have the patience to achieve that, but I can dream about doing the workout, right? 5th overall - woo hoo

Evolv Rose said...

Chuck Norris called. He wants his abs back.

GREAT job on your race! I hope to look even half as poised on my next marathon attempt. (Even if it's a bit slower...)

Sarah said...

You are amazing! Good job. :-D

Anne said...

What an inspiring recap! You did an awesome job...Wow!!! You are and you look amazing :)

Angie said...

speechless in my pride of just knowing someone so fabulous. Congratulations!!!

Meg said...

Well HONEY, I think you whipped this little race's tush and lived to tell about it. No, you ROCKED it and deserve to rant about it. Loved your style of writing this recap, I totally felt your pain :) !
5th female over all?? Ok, next year it'll be second or third...or even first, I just know it!
Tell us more!

Natalie said...

Good job em! i never doubted you would finish. i did doubt you would love it, but was i ever wrong:). inspiring, my friend. congrats!

robin said...

i have no words.

wow.

amyraye said...

loved the letter.
congrats on finishing with grace and energy left to spare.

hope you're recovering beautifully and quickly.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

LOVE love love this post!! Congrats on a very strong race, great pic too!

Lisa said...

Wow. Sounds like an intense race. Congrats on finishing 5th! Absolutely awesome! I love the smile on your face in that pic from mile 25. Says it all!

Christy said...

Wow, GREAT job! Thanks for stopping by my blog! This post was definitely an inspiration to keep running!

Melissa said...

WOW!! Great post! I knew you could do it.

Secondly, your abs...WOW Killer!

H Love said...

Wow! Good job....sounds like a killer. Have to say....amazing boobs and ab. WOW...MAMA!